It’s a funny thing, about time….



Clockwork Spiral Outlaw, by Chic Aeon

So help me, one of these days Im going to do a series of blog posts somewhere called “Eventing Ain’t Easy.”  Expose the seedy under…no that’s not it.  Just to explain the regularly scheduled pitfalls of doing large events.

September is a difficult month. I don’t know why this is true or why it’s different, but it is.  I think people come back from the hot, languid days of summer itching to do ALL THE THINGS, forgetting how much time ALL THE THINGS take, and forgetting that entropy is kind of a bitch- it sneaks up on you and makes sure nothing quite goes the way you intend.

Always have a backup plan.

We are so fortunate in our event group to have a large number of wonderful, talented people who are able and happy to jump in to our events when things go wrong and people can’t make it for whatever reason.  And so it goes, that over the next few days there will be some map changes, as we shuffle things around. But it’s okay.  It’s what we do for each other to make sure that in the end, it all goes smoothly.

Just… no one look at org chat when I say that. 🙂


Steampowered Broomsticks, by Gia Nikai Juliesse

We had another hugely busy day today. For quite some time there were about 40 people on the sim.  I’ve just set it to restart since it had quieted down to single digits for 5 minutes. I can’t thank everyone enough for all the press coverage, the blog coverage, and the support from Jessica Lyon and Tonya Souther of the Firestorm team as well as Linden Lab themselves, who featured ACS today. We’re doing our very best to bring you 2 weeks of fun, good photography, music and shopping.

Speaking of music…

Today (Thursday) at the Gothika Mobile Unit:

Cruel Britannia will be in doing a goth set (or something very much like it) at 1pm Pacific Time. Nice and Euro friendly. Come down and say hi.  He’s nice and has an adorable accent. Really.

I will be back on the decks at 10pm Pacific time for a timewarp set, featuring big band, swing, and standards for 2 hours of Thematically Appropriate Things.

Our day two total (I took it at 6pm, so we’ve made plenty more for the National Kidney Foundation since then.) is 156202L or about $630USD.  In just two days.  Thank you so much again for your support, and please come down and spend time with us.

Before entropy figures out a way to intervene.


Now Open: Clockwork Spyral by Quan Lavender


Time to get to work.

Spiralling Further, by Sonya Marmurek


Holy cow, are you kidding? We’re mobbed.


Ive had to restart the sim four times since yesterday.  THANK YOU all so much for rushing down here (even though it’s made everything a little slow…) Wow. Thank you.

So ACS opened last night, and we’ve been flooded ever since. Someone came by and saw me and asked “do you actually work here?” in response to my “I just work here.” tag. I told them I did and they told me they ran a memorial for folks impacted by kidney disease and wanted to come see. They were happy.

I’ve seen tip jar money go by (it goes through me on its way to the alt) and I’ve seen sales come in.  People are taking LOTS of photos and enjoying the music. We can’t thank everyone enough and hope that for the next two weeks you can come back to see that one thing y0u missed the first time- though it’s always one more thing.


Improbable Mourning, by Hephasteon


Our bloggers are hard at work too, and theyve already turned up the heat, putting out post after post of the good stuff.  I’m sure they’ll keep doing that. They always do.   So come on up.  Have a look.   We’re here for 2 weeks.

Our first day total for the National Kidney Foundation is: 110,911L.


We’ll see you tomorrow.

The Spiral Opens.

A Clockwork Spiral 2014 Build, by Kostika Mistwalker


A bit of a bumpy start but we’re here.   ACS 2014 is now open.  The SLurl is and just as a refresher, here’s a map (click to make it bigger.)


2014 ACS Booth Map 3


There will no doubt be some last minute merchant scrambling for the next 24 hours or so, but rest assured, it will all get here, and ACS will remain open until 6am October 1.  In the meantime there’s PLENTY for everyone to come look at.

Tonight, the Lokapottamus tells me she will be doing a set at the Gothika Mobile Unit at 8pm SLT (spot F on the map, go down the stairs.) and in theory, I’ll be at the mobile unit at 10. Also, turn your music on- we’ve got event appropriate music on MOST of the sim.

Come help us support the NKF.  Welcome to the Spiral.


A Clockwork Spiral, by Nimil Blackflag

IMPORTANT (no really). We have to push opening back six hours.

Houston, we have a problem.  Actually we have 20 problems, all of which were handed to me by different people in the past 12 hours. In short, we will be opening at 6pm SLT rather than noon. I am VERY sorry- but given the extent of the issues and the number of people involved there’s very little choice on my part.


I apologize for the inconvenience.



T minus about 18 hours.

The Time of Spiral Draws Near, by Sonya Marmurek


It’s almost time.  The merchants are frantically trying to load in, the bloggers are poking their heads in from time to time to see where we’re at, review copies are going out, and we’re generally just getting ready to open the Spiral at noon tomorrow.  Every time we do an event it doesn’t seem like it will ever be ready in time, and then amazingly, it all just comes together (more or less) in the last few moments.


So tomorrow at noon, we’ll once again get together to help raise money for the National Kidney FoundationOur flickr group is open for everyone to post their spiral photos, and our excellent blogging team is hard at work doing the magic they do to make it all look wonderful.

We’ll see everyone tomorrow.


Cursed Bloggers (We Love You)

The Time of Spiral Draws Near

We’re completely off the rails, just the way we like it. That said: the Spiral has emerged and the merchants are free to start loading in whenever they feel like it. The bloggers are also welcome to visit the area whenever they want (landmark in group notices), but do bear in mind that the decoration is still ongoing. This also means that it was the time for the blogger checkup.

If you’re new to how Cursed Events works from blogger point of view, the nutshell is: the group stays always the same, all the bloggers need to apply to every event they wish to blog (sort of a raise of hand of being present) and before the early access and review copies distribution begin, the bloggers that haven’t applied are removed from the group. This just happened today.

The removal has nothing to do with if the bloggers did a good job or not, or if we love them or not (the answer to both is usually ‘yes’), it simply keeps things fair for everybody. From the creator side they don’t send out review copies to people who have’t shown interest and commitment to this particular event and from blogger side: we don’t assume that just because you’ve blogged our previous event that you have time for this one, or inspiration, or that you’re now obligated to blog us forever and ever.

The main reason why we so dearly love our blogger crew is that they excel in their work: they produce marvelous, inspired pictures and stories and clearly enjoy the events as much as we do. If you’re feeling low on inspiration, are busy in RL or just not feeling the theme is right for you, it is perfectly alright not to apply and blog an event of ours, be removed from the group in the routine checkup and still be welcomed back with a squee when an event of ours does fit your schedule and mood. We prefer skipping a few events to the feel of obligated blogging any day.

If you were one of the removed bloggers and had simply missed all the group notices about the matter, just IM Sonya Marmurek about it and we’ll fix it. No worries at all, SL happens.

Another note I must emphasize every event is to the new bloggers: we have by now a steady, wonderful core crew of bloggers that automatically fills most of the available blogger space for every event. Bloggers who are good and would have been accepted when we first started may now have struggles in getting in because of this.

Cursed Events covers several events of which some are bigger than others and therefore also the amount of bloggers we accept per event varies. The smaller ones (like ACS) are even more difficult to get in than the bigger ones like World Goth Fair. Despite this we keep the application process open because every event I find a few gems that make me ooohh and hit the invite button immediately, but obviously those oohh-slots are very, very limited.

All this just to say: please do not take it personally or as any sort of frowny judgment on your blogging skills if you don’t get in. The spreadsheet comments are mostly full of ‘…but we’re already full, sigh.’ and nothing else. Regardless if you got in early or not, we invite you all to come in and enjoy the Spiral: the tracks zoom to diesel this year!

Load in, and other such trifles.

Cursed will be locked down for merchant load-in at midnight tonight. It will remain closed to all but relevant groups that need access to the sim until we open at NOON  on September 15.

In the meantime, though, we have a map.  It’s on its own page here for future reference.

But I’ll post it again anyway. Click on it to make it VERY large.

2014 ACS Booth Map

T-6 days.